Biological Anthropology

Biological Anthropology is a branch of Anthropology that studies humans from a bio-cultural perspective. This means studying those factors, biological and cultural, that result in and help us explain human variation - including understanding human origins, adaptation to different environments, human health, growth and development.

Our program at the University of Otago incorporates both laboratory and fieldwork. Regionally we have a strong focus on the Pacific and Southeast Asia and our students often undertake fieldwork with our staff. We have a state of the art ancient DNA laboratory, facilities for isotopic studies, and human osteology laboratories and anatomical teaching collections. We work closely with iwi and indigenous communities in our studies of past populations and on issues of both modern and ancient human health and adaptation.